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The Role of Conferences on the Pathway to Academic Impact: Evidence from a Natural Experiment

Leon, Fernanda L.L. de, McQuillin, B. (2020) The Role of Conferences on the Pathway to Academic Impact: Evidence from a Natural Experiment. Journal of Human Resources, 55 (1). pp. 164-193. ISSN 0022-166X. E-ISSN 1548-8004. (doi:10.3368/jhr.55.1.1116-8387R) (KAR id:67106)

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We provide evidence for the effectiveness of conferences in promoting academic impact, by exploiting the cancellation - due to "Hurricane Isaac" - of the 2012 American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. We assembled a dataset of 29,000 articles and quantified conference effects, using difference-in-differences regressions. Within four years of being presented at the conference, an article's likelihood of becoming cited increases by five percentage points. We decompose the effects by authorship and provide an account of the underlying mechanisms. Overall, our findings point to the role of short term face-to-face interactions in the formation and dissemination of scientific knowledge.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.3368/jhr.55.1.1116-8387R
Uncontrolled keywords: effects of conferences, diffusion of scientific knowledge
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Fernanda Leite Lopez de Leon
Date Deposited: 30 May 2018 09:58 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:54 UTC
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